NEW: Warby Parker Fall Collection 2017

Get the scoop on the Warby Parker Fall Collection. There are eyeglasses and sunglasses for every style!
Just in time for the cooler weather we are getting in D.C., the new Warby Parker Fall Collection is out today!  I’m so excited to join Warby Parker in this release and share with you all their latest line.  Warby Parker is known well for their standard eyeglasses, but as someone with 20/20 vision, I’ve always zeroed in on their sunglasses. Thankfully their Fall Collection has both!

The Warby Parker Fall Collection

Warby Parker‘s new collection is inspired by leather-bound books at a college library and features a rich color palette. The collection also features two new styles — the ultra-feminine Mona and the round-lensed Logan. From chic and shiny rose gold to edgy, jet silver and classic tortoiseshell, I’m sure you’ll agree this collection has something for everyone. Now what are we waiting for? Here is the new Warby Parker Fall Collection!

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If you are unfamiliar with Warby Parker, you can order your five favorite frames for free. Then, you have the ability to try them on and pick which one you like best. I love this option because it allows me to get opinions from friends and get a consensus on which sunglasses fit my face best.

Since I am in the market for some new shades, Warby Parker’s new collection is perfect timing. But now I have to contemplate which ones to try out. I recently took Warby Parker’s quiz to see which frames work best for me and help me decide between a few styles. You can take the style quiz too, if you’d like to be pointed in the right direction.  I have a particularly narrow face, so it was nice to see that there are certain styles that they recommend for my face shape and personal style.

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When it comes to my go-to look, I usually go for a classic shape and tortoiseshell finish for sunglasses, like the Piper and Downing styles above. I think Warby Parker’s new rose gold Tansley sunglasses would be super chic for fall and winter, while also spicing up my current accessories for fall.

That said, I am indecisive and would love to hear from you all! Which sunglasses should I get and which ones would you get? Do you have a favorite style in the fall collection? If you have tried Warby Parker or do you have a different go-to sunglass brand! Let me know all about it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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DIY: Painting & Stenciling Concrete Floors

Last fall, Will and I discovered stenciling concrete was a pretty easy way to jazz up our outdoor space.  If you are looking for a cost-effective way to get a tiled look on your concrete, stenciling might be your ticket!  We were brainstorming home improvement ideas one night and decided to try painting and stenciling the concrete patio floor, in order to add some color and personality to our outdoor living space.  After much research, we devised a plan and headed to Home Depot.  Here is the prep work we did, along with details of the stenciling and painting, and the final results.

Preparation

Originally our outdoor patio had an outdoor rug glued down on top of the cement. So before we could begin painting the cement floor we had to get the glue off. We rented a floor sander to create a super smooth surface for the paint to be applied. There was a lot of dust from the sander, so we swept the patio multiple times. Then, Will used a mop and an old vacuum to get the floor extra clean. If you do not want to risk potentially messing up your vacuum, I recommend power-washing the cement floor before you paint.

It is important to get the floor as clean and smooth as you can, so your finished product is flawless. Also, remember to check the weather before you start painting. You don’t want a rain shower to ruin your hard work! The best temperature for painting outdoors is 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Supplies

Here is everything we used for this project:

Shur-Line Non-Stick Metal Paint Tray

9-3/8-Inch Nap One Coat Knit Roller Covers — used for base paint


Wooster Brush Roller Frame, 9-Inch — used for base paint

Wooster Brush Roller Cover 3/8-Inch, 4-Inch — used for stencil paint


Wooster Brush Roller Frame, 4-Inch — used for stencil paint

10482399Outdoor Floral Lattice Stencil By ArtMinds®

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BEHR Sea Cave Porch & Patio Floor Paint

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BEHR Pacific Fog Porch & Patio Floor Paint

KILZ Interior/Exterior Sealer, Wet Look

Painting & Stenciling Concrete

Once we had the patio properly prepared, we started with the first coat of “Sea Cave” blue, using our 9″ roller brush. When the first coat was dry, we applied another coat.

With two coats of dry, blue paint down, it was time to start stenciling. It is important to mark with tape which end of the stencil you will consider the top. The 18″ x 18″ pattern may look symmetrical, but it could be slightly off, which will make any rotation of the stencil throw off your design. It will be clear how the stencil fits together as soon as you paint the first stencil. In addition, make sure that first stencil is aligned properly with surrounding walls or the edge of your concrete. That initial stencil will impact everything else!

We began by making an “L” shaped outline of the stencil, first going down the short length of our patio and then down the longer width. Once that was in place, we went row by row, filling everything in. Remember not to put too much paint on your stencil brush. It’s better to have a small amount, and then go over your stencil again. This will create crisper lines. Thicker paint will also stick to your stencil and pull it off the ground if you aren’t careful.

Extra Tips

Go slow with your stencil brush and make sure the corners of your stencil align properly with the existing stencil on the ground. This process will take a while, as you should wait for the paint to dry, so that the bottom of your stencil does not pick up surrounding paint. Take your time, but don’t get too hung up over it being perfect. A few little bits of paint being outside the stencil, will not make a huge difference with the overall design.

With the stenciling complete, we waited a couple of hours for the floor to completely dry. Then, I did a few touch ups with a small paintbrush. The touch up paint dried within an hour, so we applied a glossy paint sealer to protect the stencil. I recommend at least two thick coats of the sealer. Will and I prefer an extra glossy look, so we applied extra coats of dealer until the bottle was empty.

The Results

Below are photos of our finished product. It’s so smooth and glossy that it almost feels like tile on your bare feet and most people think that’s what it is at first glance.

Have you ever painted concrete or stenciled a floor before? Or have you jazzed up your concrete floor in a different way? I would love to know if you have any DIY tips for similar home improvement projects.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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